Jazz keyboardist Lyle Mays dumb at 66

By | February 11, 2020

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Jazz keyboardist Lyle Mays, whose work gained practically a dozen Grammy awards, died Monday in Los Angeles, Calif. He used to be 66.

Mays had a “long fight with a routine sickness,” in accordance with musician Pat Metheny’s internet pages.

“Lyle used to be one in every of the supreme musicians I hold ever known,” Metheny wrote. “Across better than 30 years, every moment we shared in music used to be particular. From the first notes we played collectively, we had a appropriate away bond. His colossal intelligence and musical wisdom told every facet of who he used to be in every contrivance. I will omit him with all my coronary heart.”

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Lyle Mays, jazz pianist at the Yamaha piano showroom, West 57th St., New York City. Sept. 30, 1988.

Lyle Mays, jazz pianist on the Yamaha piano showroom, West 57th St., Unique York City. Sept. 30, 1988.
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“Lyle used to be a supreme musician and person, and a genius in every sense of the observe,” acknowledged a assertion from his niece, Aubrey Johnson. “He used to be my dear uncle, mentor, and buddy and phrases can’t teach the depth of my grief.”

Born in Wausaukee, Wis., Mays played organ as a teen, and his mom and father played piano and guitar.

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He joined the guitarist neighborhood Metheny in the 1970s, where he used to be a performer, composer and arranger. The neighborhood’s with out a kill in sight modern fusion trend incorporated the total lot from rock and contemporary jazz to world music.

The neighborhood gained a form of jazz efficiency Emmys, and a few for finest contemporary jazz album, collectively with 2005 award for “The Advance Up.” However the neighborhood additionally scored an award in 1998 for finest rock instrumental efficiency for “The Roots of Coincidence.”

Mays additionally used to be a sideman for albums by jazz, rock and pa artists, collectively with Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones and the neighborhood Earth, Wind & Fireplace.

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Mays additionally helped originate film soundtrack music for several movies, collectively with 1985 “The Falcon and The Snowman.”

Mays, who cherished the technical and analytical elements of his craft to boot to the improvisational part, additionally used to be a self-taught laptop programmer and architect who designed a home for a relative.

The Linked Press contributed to this file.